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Born in St. Petersburg, mezzo-soprano Marina Prudenskaja studied with Yevgenia Gorokhovskaya at her native city’s conservatory. She began her career performing at the Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theater and was subsequently engaged by the Nuremberg Staatstheater in 2000, where she added such roles as Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Preziosilla (La forza del destino), Azucena (Il trovatore), and Carmen to her repertoire. In 2003 Prudenskaja won the ARD International Music Competition. She became a member of the Deutsche Oper Ensemble in Berlin in 2005, and in 2007 she moved to the Stuttgart Staatsoper, where she remains a permanent company member. In Stuttgart she has appeared as Amneris in Aida, Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde, and Octavian in a new production of Der Rosenkavalier directed by Stefan Herheim. Prudenskaja has also performed at the Aix-en-Provence, Bayreuth, and Pesaro Festivals, and she made her debut at La Scala in Milan in a new production of Wagner’s Das Rheingold; she has additionally sung at the Hamburg Staatsoper, Berlin’s Lindenoper, and de Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam. In 2010 she made her Berlin Philharmonic debut under Mariss Jansons singing Verdi’s Requiem—a work that she later performed at the Salzburg Easter Festival and, during the 2010-11 season, under Manfred Honeck with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as well as under James Conlon with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 2 September 2007 as Flosshilde in a concert performance of Das Rheingold under Jonathan Nott.